““God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.””

— Mother Teresa

In the Kingdom of Heaven, we live according to the law of love. As believers, we seek to serve one another humbly in love regardless of race, social status, or gender. But the kingdoms of this world do not operate by the same framework. One such country is Afghanistan, which is said to specifically be one of the worst places in the world to be born a woman. This look into some of the darker points of Afghanistan is not meant to be a criticism of the nation, but is rather intended as a means of raising awareness and prayer.

Bacha Posh is a tradition in Afghanistan that literally means “dressed up as a boy”. It is an ancient tradition followed when a woman has not bore a male child. They parents will choose a female child, often from birth, and present her to the world as a boy. She is then used to work and to help provide income for her family. She has the liberty to move about town as a boy would and thus can more safely run errands and go to school free from the sexual harassment most girls face. The true gender of the child is hidden to all except immediate family until the child reaches puberty. At which time the true gender of the girl is revealed and she is prepared to find a husband. The emotional and psychological harm that takes place to these children is a real danger of this practice- which is focused on helping the family not the child.

Afghanistan is number two on the world watch list as the most dangerous places to live as a Christian. Much of the danger however is not solely related to hatred for Christians. Afghanistan is a violent place for anyone who lives there. Whether you are Muslim or Christian, man, woman or child. The country is volatile due to the war raging within its own structures.

“In Afghanistan, you don’t understand yourself solely as an individual. You understand yourself as a son, a brother, a cousin to somebody, an uncle to somebody. You are part of something bigger than yourself.”

— Khaled Hosseini

We pray for Afghanistan not only for God’s protection of Christians, but also for His protection of the people of Afghanistan. These are a noble and proud people, created in the image of God and their lives are worth saving. They understand more than most people in the West what it means to be “more than an individual, what it means to be part of something bigger”. As believers we are more than individual Christian people, we are part of the world wide Church. We need more Afghan brothers and sister in the faith partly because we have so much that we need to learn from them. Join us in prayer for the people of Afghanistan those who are part of the world wide Church, and those who will be.

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We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Peter 1:21)

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent who has revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Luke 3:22)

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31)

We believe in the creation of mankind in God’s image, and the fall of man, resulting in universal guilt and total depravity; and the necessity, therefore, of redemption and restoration; that all men and women are lost spiritually and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for regeneration by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:17)

We believe salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47, John 3:3)

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in the presence of our Lord, and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:46, Mark 9:43-48)

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church, which has the duty to preach the Gospel to every person. (Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 2:22)

We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of teaching, preaching, the prophetic, the apostolic, and evangelism. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

We believe in upholding the ordinances of the church of water baptism and holy communion.

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47,48, Romans 6:4)

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread and the fruit of the vine—, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes!”